Coalitions & Alliances

Coalitions and Alliances

By partnering with other businesses and trade associations, ASA is able to pool its resources and leverage our strengths to achieve consistent results for our member companies. ASA is an active member in the following:

Affordable Health Benefits Coalition

The Affordable Health Benefits Coalition (AHBC) is a broad-based organization representing large and small employers from various sectors of the U.S. economy, including pharmacy benefit managers, health insurance agents, providers and health plans operating in every zip code.

The coalition is committed to keeping the cost of health care coverage affordable and to building support for legislative and regulatory changes aimed at this goal. The coalition hopes to foster a greater understanding about the multiple factors that contribute to higher health care coverage costs and to develop proposals with policymakers to manage these costs without sacrificing quality and outcomes.

Americans for Affordable Products Coalition

The Americans for Affordable Products is a coalition of job creators, entrepreneurs, and business leaders united against higher prices on everyday necessities. We oppose any Border Adjustment Tax (BAT) because it will increase the cost of clothing, food, medicine, gas, and other essential items that Americans rely on. Consumers shouldn’t bear the burden of this new tax while some corporations get a tax break. We fight for consumers by protecting their pocketbooks and ensuring access to affordable everyday products. We support comprehensive tax reform and encourage Congress to implement policies that helps businesses of all sizes, ensures the protection and creation of jobs, and promotes prosperity for all Americans.

American High-Performance Buildings Coalition

American High-Performance Buildings Coalition is a leading industry voice that coordinates and engages representatives in the building and construction value chain in the development of reasonable performance-based policies regarding green building standards, development and implementation.

The coalition supports and promotes green building codes, standards, rating systems and credits that are developed in conformance with full ANSI or ISO-type consensus processes, are data-driven, supported by science, and performance-based.

Coalition Against Copper Theft

The Coalition Against Copper Theft is a Washington, D.C.-based advocacy group made up of some of America’s leading trade associations concerned with the widespread outbreak of copper theft.

The Coalition is dedicated to the passage of federal legislation in order to curb the rising tide of this crime that jeopardizes our nation’s critical infrastructure. Copper theft is a pervasive, opportunistic crime targeting transportation, communication and electricity networks.

Coalition For a Democratic Workplace

The Coalition For a Democratic Workplace is a coalition of workers, employers, associations and organizations who are fighting to protect the right to a federally supervised private ballot when workers are deciding whether or not to join a union. We are opposed to the so-called Employee Free Choice Act because it would strip Americans of that right and replace it with a system where your vote is no longer private, and it is made public to your employer, the union organizers and your co-workers.

Whether it’s legislation or regulation, the principle is the same: CDW believes the only way to guarantee worker protection from coercion and intimidation is through the continued use of a federally supervised private ballot election so that personal decisions about whether to join a union remain private.

Coalition for Fair Effective Tax Rates

The mission of the Coalition for Fair Effective Tax Rates is to educate Congress and key stakeholders that tax reform should be viewed through the lens of effective tax rates, the amount of taxes businesses actually pay.

The Coalition believes that establishing effective tax rate fairness is the best metric to make meaningful comparisons among policy choices and how they would impact different business types and industries. We use this metric to bolster the supporters of comprehensive tax reform that broadens the tax base while lowering tax rates for corporations, pass through businesses and individuals alike. We impress upon lawmakers and key stakeholders the negative impact that high effective tax rates have on job creation, economic growth, and the competitiveness of American businesses.

Energy Equipment and Infrastructure Alliance

The Energy Equipment and Infrastructure Alliance represents organizations, companies, and people that provide contractor services, equipment, materials and labor to shale oil and gas exploration and production, infrastructure, transportation and processing.

Get the Lead Out Plumbing Consortium

The Get the Lead Out Plumbing Consortium, a broad-based cross section of the plumbing industry comprised of leading trade associations and manufacturers, has recently formed with the mission of providing widespread education about the manufacture, distribution and installation of lead free* plumbing products. The group’s mission is to facilitate a smooth transition to the use of lead free plumbing products by January 4, 2014 to comply with the Reduction of Lead in Drinking Water Act.

Government Withholding Relief Coalition

The Government Withholding Relief Coalition was formed to repeal a sweeping new requirement mandating that federal, state, and local governments withhold 3% from payments for goods and services. This unprecedented withholding mandate will affect government contracts as well as Medicare payments, and Farm payments.

Through the Coalition's efforts, the 3% withholding tax was repealed by Congress, by a vote of 422-0 and signed into law November, 2011.

The LIFO Coalition

The LIFO Coalition
represents businesses and trade associations of every size and industry sector that employ the last-in, first-out ("LIFO") accounting method. The LIFO Coalition was organized in April 2006, when LIFO repeal was first proposed in the Senate as a revenue offset to fund unrelated policies. Since then the Coalition has grown to include more than 120 members: trade associations representing every sector of American industry -- manufacturing, wholesale distribution, and retailing -- and companies both large and small.

The Coalition’s mission is to preserve the option of companies to value their inventories pursuant to the LIFO method for federal income tax purposes.

Marketplace Fairness Coalition

The Marketplace Fairness Coalition supports federal legislation that empowers states to update their sales and use tax laws to level the playing field for all sellers. The Coalition is comprised of businesses of every size, sector, and channel of product distribution, located in every state throughout the country. The time has come for Congress to give businesses clarity and certainty by allowing states to update their laws to reflect a 21st Century economy.

The National Coalition to Protect Family Leave

The National Coalition to Protect Family Leave is a broad-based group of organizations, companies and associations dedicated to protecting the integrity of the Family and Medical Leave Act. In addition, the Coalition supports public policy that promotes voluntary, employer-provided leave benefits to maximize flexibility for both employers and employees.

The OSHA Alliance

Through the The OSHA and ASA Alliance, the organizations will work together to provide the association's members and others, including small businesses, with information, guidance, and access to training resources that will help them protect employees' health and safety. In particular, the agreement will focus on addressing exposure to hazards associated with material handling and forklift operations and hazard communication issues.

Partnership to Fuel America

The Partnership to Fuel America is comprised of American businesses and industries that understand that the United States needs more energy to fuel our economy and that Canada’s resources can help us achieve that goal.

The Partnership promotes the benefits of Canadian oil sands and supports investment in critical North American energy projects. We invite you to explore our website, and join us in helping us to create jobs while ensuring a more secure and reliable energy future.

Partnership to Protect Workplace Opportunity

The Partnership to Protect Workplace Opportunity (PPWO) consists of a diverse group of associations, businesses, and other stakeholders representing employers with millions of employees across the country in almost every industry. The Partnership is dedicated to advocating for the interests of its members in the regulatory debate on changes to the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) overtime regulations. The Partnership’s members believe that employees and employers alike are best served with a system that promotes maximum flexibility in structuring employee hours, career advancement opportunities for employees, and clarity for employers when classifying employees. 

The Partnership was formed in 2014 in response to President Barack Obama’s directive to the Department of Labor to “update and modernize” the Section 541 FLSA overtime regulations. The Partnership responded to the proposed changes to the overtime regulations with a careful and thorough analysis based on the principle that any changes need to work for both employers and employees. We were deeply disappointed that the Labor Department largely ignored the concerns of tens of thousands of individuals and organizations across this country that expressed concern with the proposal issuing a final rule that will do serious damage to people’s careers and workplace flexibility, new job opportunities and essential community services. We continue to advocate for a regulation that is considerate of all stakeholder and economic realities facing employers and employees across the country.

S Corps Association

The S Corporation Association is the only organization in Washington D.C. exclusively devoted to promoting and protecting the interests of America’s 4.5 million S corporations.

Since its inception in 1996, S-Corp has scored numerous legislative victories as it acts as the "eyes and ears" for the America’s S-Corp community. Our mission is to protect America’s family and closely-held businesses from excessive taxes and government mandates while working to ensure America’s most popular corporate structure remains competitive in the Twenty-First Century.

Small Business Coalition for Affordable Healthcare

The Small Business Coalition for Afffordable Healthcare is a group of more than 150 organizations dedicated to increasing access and affordability of private health insurance for small business owners, the self-employed, employees, and their dependents.

Stop the HIT Coalition

The Stop The Health Insurance Tax Coalition (Stop The HIT Coalition) is working to repeal the costly, unfair and hidden health insurance tax on small businesses that begins in 2014. We will generate grassroots support for repeal by educating policymakers and activating small business owners, their employees and the self-employed who are directly impacted by the pending HIT.

Sustainable Water Infrastructure Coalition

The Water Infrastructure Investment Coalition advocates the House and Senate in support of the Sustainable Water Infrastructure Investment Act. Introduced in both houses, these bills would amend the tax code to remove the state volume cap for private activity bonds that fund projects to improve water and sewage facilities.

The Water Coalition

The WATER Coalition represents a broad cross-section of plumbing and irrigation contractors, manufacturers and wholesalers, retailers, utilities, environmental groups, water efficiency organizations and real estate organizations. The Coalition supports incentives that encourage and support water efficiency retrofit programs such as U.S. EPA’s WaterSense program. Not only will water-efficient retrofits create near-term jobs in the plumbing and irrigation industries, but installation of U.S. EPA-certified WaterSense products and services will save consumers money, save billions of gallons of water, reduce energy consumption, and reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

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